CAMPTON, Ky. – A 30-year-old Goshen, Ohio man was killed when he fell from an overlook at Red River Gorge Saturday night.
Wolfe County Deputy Coroner Gary Sparks identified the victim as Michael Hacker.
The Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team reported that they, Powell County and Menifee County teams were dispatched to Chimney Top Rock for a hiker who fell from the overlook after crossing the railing at about 11 p.m.
It took a nurse who was camping nearby 45 minutes to reach the man. By then, it was too late.
"It's a dangerous place. The sandstone gets slick. It's got loose debris on it,” Wolfe County Search and Rescue Coordinator Eddie Conner told Lexington’s WTVQ. “And if you're not really careful, you can lose your footing and it's too late after that."
Red River Gorge was also the location of a large search this week for two boys, from Batavia and Bloomington, who went missing while on a family trip. The boys were eventually found safe.